Vero Voce Theater presents The Outsiders
Mar 22, 2016 11:00AM
By Ben Scott
Vero Voce Theater in St Charles proudly presents S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm, April 15-24, 2016 in the Vero Voce Theater located at 951 State Avenue, St Charles, IL 60174.
The play is narrated by 14 year old Ponyboy Curtis (who lives with his two older brothers, Soda-Pop & Darry) and his gang of ”Greasers” . The story follows their struggles and conflicts with social separation and being judged by social rich kids called “Socs”.
S.E. Hinton, who wrote this modern classic when she was 16 years old, comments: "The Outsiders, like most things I write, is written from a boy's point of view. That's why I'm listed as S.E. Hinton rather than Susan. (I figured most boys would look at the book and think 'What can a chick know about stuff like that!') None of the events are taken from life, but the rest—how kids think and live and feel—is for real. The characters—Dallas, who wasn't tough enough; Sodapop, the happy-go-lucky dropout; Bob, the rich kid whose arrogance cost him his life; Ponyboy, the sensitive, green-eyed Greaser who didn't want to be a hood—they're all real to me. Many of my friends are Greasers, but I'm not. I have friends who are rich, too, but nobody will ever call me a Soc—I've seen what money and too much idle time and parental approval can do to people. Cool people mean nothing to me—they're living behind masks and I'm always wondering "Is there a real person underneath?" This entirely practical stage adaptation deals with real people, seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life, caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids—the Socs—and his tough, underprivileged "greaser" family and friends.
The Outsiders is directed by David M. Rodriguez (Vero Voce Theatrical Artistic Director), with Assistant Director Sofia Barbosa and produced by Dawn Harkins (Vero Voce Co-Owner) and Dennis Brown (Vero Voce Co-Owner) and featuring stage combat by Tony Pellegrino.
The cast includes Vivien Cohen, Tim Gustin, JD Rodriguez (Batavia), Charlie Karner (Elgin), Christina Rausch (Maple Park), Cole Mensik (Roselle), Sofia Barbosa, Madigan Borborci, Riley Brutto, Katie Czajka, Aaron Delaney, Ben Hommowun, Max Laraia, Liam McCarron, Jake Murphy, Allison Neilsen, Maddie VanSickle (St. Charles), Kayla Bussert, Jackie Majure (South Elgin)
Tickets are $18 Adults / $15 Senior & Student / $10 Child (12 and under), general admission and may be purchased online at verovoce.com or by calling (630) 584-0139. All major credit cards accepted. Reservations are recommended.